Last night, tech-giants Apple launched several new features for their array of products at a glitzy event in San Francisco for the Worldwide Developers Conference. As always, plenty of changes were revealed for their operating systems across devices and hardware – here are the five things you need to know from their latest keynote announcement.
Apple Music is supposed to be getting sleeker
The streaming service originally launched in June 2015 in conjunction with Beats One radio, which is still helmed by Zane Lowe. A year on, they’re making a few changes to the service, including a redesigned visual interface and a new ‘For You’ tab in place of the ‘Apple Music Connect’ tab. The new tab will include curated playlists and keep users in touch with new promoted content on the Apple Music service. Apple exec Bozoma Saint John also announced that the service will now include song lyrics for select tracks – making Karaoke a much easier proposition.
Messages are going to be more fun
The Apple-made Messages app has got a slight revamp too, with video and picture messages becoming more interactive and the arrival of predictive emojis, meaning you can send the classic cry-laugh face even faster than before. Tread with caution when messaging your mum though, things could get awkward if you hit the wrong one…
OS X is out, macOS Sierra is in
Mac laptops have had the most drastic overhaul. MacOS will replace the existing OS X and will now be called macOS Sierra. That might mean everything or nothing to you, but the changes mean that Siri will be introduced to the hardware and will have the ability to transcribe voicemail messages, write messages and be able to search for images too. Payment service Apple Pay will also become integrated into Sierra and can be authorised by iPhone or Apple Watch.
Apple Maps could supersede Google Maps
It was much maligned when it was launched in 2012 for its glaring location inaccuracies, but Apple have continued to plough effort into the app and it looks like it could pay dividends. Apple Maps will see further integration with services like taxi service Uber, meaning that several functions can be performed within the app.
WatchOS 3 looks better
The relatively muted response to the gadget has seen Apple make further drastic changes to the digital watch they launched last April. They claim that the the new software will rely less on Siri, meaning that the watch will allow users to draw out short messages on the device instead of exclusively using voice commands – but most importantly, they reckon that the new service will also be seven times faster than previous iterations due to back-end tweaks. If you’re looking to invest in the watch, it finally looks like they’re about to nail it.